Today North Carolina Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson released the following statement following Congressman G. K. Butterfield’s announcement that he will not seek re-election after being elected to the U.S. House in 2004.
“I am saddened by the news that my friend and Congressman, G. K. Butterfield, is retiring, but respect his decision as he culminates nearly 18 years of service in Congress. Since his time as a civil rights attorney and in the North Carolina Judiciary, Congressman Butterfield has proven to be a remarkable and tireless leader for the people of Eastern North Carolina. His vision and leadership earned him the respect of his colleagues and a role as Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. He has been a tireless advocate for people of color across the state and has worked to expand economic development, protect voting rights, and increase diversity in leadership positions.
“By shepherding through the Affordable Care Act, expanding access to high-speed internet for North Carolina households and businesses, fighting tooth and nail to protect voting rights, and working to expand access to the ballot box Congressman Butterfield has proven to be an effective and invaluable leader whose presence in the halls of Congress will be sorely missed.
“As a fellow North Carolina Central University graduate, Congressman Butterfield has always offered a listening ear and thoughtful advice. I am thankful for his friendship and mentorship throughout the years. We owe him and Dr. Sylvia James a great debt for their commitment to the future of our great state. Whatever he chooses to do next, we will be waiting in awe.”